Censoredship - I do have stories, but feel like I do not have a right to tell them as I am not one of the people involved and it is a definite invasion of privacy. I promise that over the years I have heard at least a half dozen stories that came firsthand. It is up to those people to do it. I will tell you of a story about a Vietnam vet's widow in Texas who couldn't get her husband's medical bills paid and her residual pension after he died. After exhausting numerous attempts to have any Texas politician help her, a friend of hers who was from Salem (Ohio) got in touch with Jimbo's office back here. Soon after, everything was corrected. I personally know the guy from Salem, and he told me the story firsthand. And how about John Demanuk? His family came to Jimbo from Cleveland after no one would help their dad after being falsely convicted of being Ivan the Terrible and sentenced to death. Jim actually went to Israel and brought him back after Israel's supreme court acquitted him after Jim proved that he was not Ivan. I repeat: Jim's loyal support is because of these things that he has done for so many people.
October 27, 2010 at 12:20 a.m.
Censoredship - It's real simple. You can cut on Jimbo all you want. The reality is this: we would be worse off without the Federal courthouse, the 711 connector and the Covelli Centre. As to how many jobs they have provided, I can't put an exact figure on it, but I can assure you that it is substantial. And that not even considering the economic impacts that all of these projects have had (jobs and profits for contractors and suppliers, etc.)? I am not here to pump up Traficant, but his signature is on numerous local projects. What are you going to say to that? And don't even insult informed readers like me with a comment that even Timmy has his fingerprints on projects (as the Vindy claims with V&M Star and Lordstown). Jim did a lot of good for this area. That is why he still has so much support. Real people don't forget. Talk to some of the numerous people that he helped out and never got any credit for. There are numerous stories of his help from when he was in office. You are getting caught up in the Vindicator's relentless Jim-bashing. His political views are spot on with a working America. His delivery is just so eccentric that it is hard to take him seriously. Quit listening to Skolnik and DeSouza doing a spin job and instead listen to the people that he helped.
October 26, 2010 at 1:01 p.m.
How unbelievably sad. This clearly shows why our area is considered a joke all over the country. We have one of the lowest education rates in the country along with some of the highest crime, poverty, and unemployment rates. Our solution: re-elect our never-had-a-real-job puppet of a Congressman. And our totally biased hometown newspaper comes out over a month ago with a unconditional endorsement of him as a preemptive strike against their hated Jimbo's nonexistent campaign. Is it any wonder we are looked at so poorly by the rest of the country? Even the newspaper doesn't get it.
Ryan is so arrogant and stupid (remember "W"?) that he thinks we should have spent even more money on the bailout and we should have borrowed it from China. And he doesn't even mind talking about it in public. Talk about job security! This guy needs to get an education, preferably in the real world, and find out what debt does to your future financial well being. Anyone with a decent business or financial background would destroy him in a debate of this topic.
And here is the best part. He is a shoe in to represent us again! The country will never stop laughing at us while we continue to elect jokes like this.
October 25, 2010 at 7:25 a.m.
October 25, 2010 at 7:13 a.m.
The sad part is that we have to spend millions by the time that this animal is put to death. I just wish that we could truly have a speedy trial, conviction and death sentence. We don't need to waste all of the money that it is going to take to put him down.
October 23, 2010 at 9:07 p.m.
Desperation is sad, isn't it? Strickland, and all of the others who have failed us so miserably, can't talk about what they are going to do. Their pitiful approach at getting re-elected is nothing more than cutting down the opponents who will now replace them. Time to go now Strickland.
October 19, 2010 at 8 a.m.
I really wonder if more people haven't figured it out like davidjohn has. Our local newpaper is so biased in the way that it "reports" the news. If the Vindy were really objecive in its views, it would laugh at Ryan, Strickland, and Obama's claim that they had something to do with V&M Star's expansion. I am also surprised that they haven't called for Humphries' head along with the whining ambulance chaser. Big business will never come to the Valley with the crime, corruption, and union mentality that exists here.
October 17, 2010 at 7:44 a.m.
Let's not forget that Betras and Zoldan were key figures in bringing Barney Frank to the Valley. And Zoldan wants to act like he is politically responsible. Who's next? Nancy Pelosi?
October 12, 2010 at 6:59 a.m.
Betras is a joke. This camera hound is the ultimate hypocrite. He is a poor attorney who chases ambulances around to extort money from the system and decent people. He buys radio time on WKBN to pretend that he is some big time attorney. He accuses just about every Republican official of corruption as tons of his Democrat political buddies get paraded into court one after another to face their charges. He tries to give Strickland credit for having something to do with expanding V&M Star and adding a third shift at Lordstown (anyone with common sense knows that he had nothing to do with either). And now to prove he is a hypocrite, this Jim Traficant hater steals one of Traficant's trademark statements to try and bash Humphries: "shove it up his commerce". Come on Dave, it is time to look in the mirror.
October 9, 2010 at 7:07 a.m.